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Monday, February 10, 2014

Another Finish

By Karen, Quilts etc…

I started this quilt back in August of 2012.  It was put aside numerous times as I tried to decide if I wanted to make the whole quilt.  After I got the pattern – Edyta Starr – Common Bride – (listed in the traditional quilts in the index on the side) I decided I really didn’t like it as much as I thought I had.

Finally I decided that I would go no further than the center medallion but use some of the applique and some of the star blocks in the rest of the quilt – this is what I ended up with.  Because it is so different than the original I decided to call it “Uncommon, Common Bride”.  The quilt measures 70 x 73 inches.

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This quilt is needle turn applique, hand pieced, and some machine piecing.  I quilted it with Quilters Dream Select loft (med weight).  I used King Tut variegated thread to hand quilt.  It took about 100 hours of quilting.  I started to quilt it in the hoop but had a hard time with it.  I’m so used to quilting at my 3 roller that after getting the center medallion done in the hoop I moved it to the frame – yes you can do that and it does work!  You just put it on 2 of the rollers instead of 3. This link on my personal blog shows how I got it set up.

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The background fabrics are a variety of white on white fabrics from the stash.  I will never hand quilt though a white on white though again that has as much painting on it as this one does on the border – the final border has the same fabric in it and it was very hard to quilt though – leaving me with larger stitches and not as consistent as I would have liked to be.  The more paint on the white on white or white on beige or whatever colors it comes in – the harder it is to hand quilt through.

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I ordered my backing fabric from Connecting Threads – it is a wide back.  I was not pleased with it as it wasn’t as light as it appeared in the photo to me – I went ahead and used it anyhow.  I mainly order on line as I have no fabric stores in my area – for the past 10+ years I have been over all pleased with the fabric I received – this is only one of two or three orders that I have not been pleased with – the stitches do not show up on the back of the quilt – but then most times we do not look at the back do we – I never make a quilt with the intention to enter into a show as I quilt mainly just for my own pleasure – when a quilt is finished then I decide what I want to do with it.  I do not want the stress of perfection to get a quilt to a show.

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29 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic! And I'm happy to see I'm not the only one to change a design once I've started. I use white on whites a lot and they can be a real pain to hand quilt. A small, sharp needle really helps (I like the Clover Black Gold). And after my last purchase of fabric, I'm being extra picky about selecting designs with less "paint" coverage.

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  2. It's stunning!! Your work is amazing.

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing details of this marvelous finish of yours... it easily could have become a UFO but you put it in the hoop... improvised... and came out a HUGE winner.. sorry you aren't happy with the backing... I have a quilt I didn't like the back on... but others like it so I accept it as part of the destiny of that quilt... maybe you can come to terms with your backing too! I love your personal blog and follow your daily routine but really enjoyed hearing you liked handquilting with King Tut thread here.... along with other details I didn't remember! Kathi

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  4. BEAUTIFUL quilt! Lovely stitching, well done :-)
    xx

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  5. Marjorie I did use a tiny sharp needle LOL - that white on white was a still hard to quilt through! I don't mind quilting though some with a tiny print but this was more than normal paint to go through. Kathie I use King Tut variegated thread for almost all of my hand quilting - works for me
    thanks for the compliments everyone.

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  6. Congratulations on a fabulous finish. I've never been a fan of the white on white fabrics myself, it looks ok but I knew it wouldn't be great to quilt.

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  7. love the lining used on this quilt, so unusual.

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  8. thanks everyone. Janet normally a very tiny white on white print is just fine for hand quilting but you really have to watch the big designs!

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  9. I have watched your progress on this since the beginning, and it turned out beautiful! I agree with you on the difficulty of quilting through W on W. I have the same problem with batiks, but am going to try them more in the future. Nice finish, Karen!

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  10. Beautiful quilt. I love the border blocks. So colorful.

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  11. Your quilt is just stunning! AND A Finish...congratulations.

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  12. Beautiful, just beautiful...love all those colors you have chosen.

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  13. It's a wonderful quilt Karen! Love this one.:)

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  14. It's a beautiful finished quilt! Love the way you began it...didn't like it...and turned it into something you did like! That is encouragement for all of us!

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  15. thank you everyone - yes if you do not a quilt after you start it try to change the pattern so something you will like even if that means just adding one border after another to it in order to finish and like it

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  17. Beautiful quilt, so much hand time, great quilting, did you notice you've been spammed as in the above message?

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  18. yes Caroline I saw that but I do not have the option to delete - only the creator of the blog Caron Mosey has the rights to go in and do that- I am just a contributor - I see no way for me to delete it

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  19. Such a beautiful quilt. The whole thing is amazing. Your quilting is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Caroline and Carol, I removed the spam. Thanks for calling my attention to it!

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  21. Really stunning work. I wish I still could quilt like that but since I got fybromyalgie I only can realize little works. greetings from Belgium

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  22. wow, amazing and elegant! Wish I could hand quilt!

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  23. unknown - I couldn't answer you personally as there is no e mail address attached to you but hope you come back to see I replied - I realized all fibromyalgia cases are different but I have it too and I can quilt - just take your time - no rush - I have fibro and autoimmune diseases - more than one - a little at a time and you can make a small quilt and maybe bigger.

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  24. Your work is magnificent.
    helpful suggestion: you might want to change Quilts ECT to Quilts Etc.
    thanks for sharing,
    a fan

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  25. Stunning you should be very pleased

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